Programs

CUTR Webcast Recording: Potential Impacts of Federal Health Care Reform on Public Transit

On October 17, 2013, Antonio Santalucia, project manager with ICF International and Bethany Whitaker, principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc., shared the results of research designed to assess the potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public transit agencies and services. This research, which was sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, was conducted in the year following the law’s

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USF Speed Limit Study

      The previous speed limits on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus had wide variations, ranging from 10 mph to 30 mph. This non-uniformity of speed limits campus-wide created confusion for both drivers and pedestrians. It also caused issues in enforcing speed limits and having efficient, orderly operation of the Bull Runner shuttle service. Members of the University’s Parking

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CUTR Webcast Recording: National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities

On October 3, 2013, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida hosted the National Transit Livability Performance Measures – Challenges and Opportunities webinar.  Martin Catala, Director of the Transportation Geo-Spatial and Informatics group at CUTR spoke about the opportunities and challenges encountered in the development of a National Transit Livability Index.  His focus was

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The Second Annual USF Bulls Walk and Bike Week

  The second annual Bulls Walk and Bike week was successfully held from September 9th to September 13th, 2013. CUTR had high expectations for this year, and we had tremendous support from FDOT Central office and District 7, MPO, TBARTA, the College of Engineering, USF Police, EH&S, COPH, Bull Runner, Administrative Services, and Student Government.  Thank you for promoting and

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CUTR Researchers Awarded Patent on Real-Time Travel Path Prediction and Automated Incident Alerts

On October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent US 8,548,724 – System and Method for Real-time Travel Path Prediction and Automated Incident Alerts – to a team of researchers from the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida.  The patent covers a path prediction method

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USF awarded $2.8 million federal grant to continue NCTR work

The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) has been awarded a two year, $2.8 million federal grant to continue work done through its National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) (www.nctr.usf.edu). USF is one of only 35 universities to be selected to receive a University Transportation Center grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2013. The

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CUTR Webcast Recording: What We Do and Don’t Know About Vehicle Miles of Travel Trends

On September 19, 2013, CUTR hosted a webcast, What We Do and Don’t Know About Vehicle Miles of Travel Trends.  Steve Polzin, PhD, P.E., Director, Mobility Policy Program at CUTR discussed what is and isn’t known about current trends in vehicle miles of travel. He focused on the trends, the causes, the data we have available to understand them, and possible

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Florida Commuter Assistance Program Evaluation

The primary objective for this project is to assess the Commuter Assistance Programs’ (CAPs) contribution to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) goals. These results help the Department establish fair and equitable funding levels and identify areas where FDOT can continue to provide support to improve performance continually for the overall program. In 2009 – 2011, CUTR conducted telephone and

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Commuter Choice Certificate Online Training: Fall 2013 Schedule

The Florida Commuter Choice Certificate’s Fall 2013 schedule is now available and open for registration. Learn more and travel less while earning credits toward the Florida Commuter Choice Certificate. Most classes are held online nearly every Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:15pm EDT (except where noted). Courses are free for Florida residents. Non-residents pay a nominal fee ($25 per credit hour).

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FDOT Receives 2013 Governors Highway Safety Association award

The Florida DOT has received the 2013 GHSA Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for their Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative, the first statewide, data-driven program that targeted enforcement and educational resources to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in 10 priority counties. The CUTR ITS group, led by Dr. Pei Sung Lin, acted as a partner to FDOT on this initiative and is

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CUTR Researchers are leading in amount of research dollars awarded

The University of South Florida has recently released data on the total dollar value of the research awards received in the 2012 fiscal year. CUTR held two of the top four spots! Joel Volinski, NCTR Director, held the #2 spot with over $4.4 million, and Dr. Pei Sung Lin, ITS Program Director, held the #4 spot with over $3.6 million.

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CUTR Webcast Recording: A Tool for Assessing the Economic Impacts of Spending on Public Transit

September 5, 2013, 12:00 Noon (EDT) A Tool for Assessing the Economic Impacts of Spending on Public Transit In this project, an Excel-based template tool was developed for transit agencies, local governments, and other stakeholders of public transit to estimate the economic impacts of spending on public transit. Features include the following: • Uses input-output multipliers from the Regional Input-Output

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